Advanced

Cueing and construing dialogue in English and Spanish

Paradis, Carita LU and Caballero, Rosario LU (2016) AELCO, Congreso Internacional, 2016
Abstract
This study explores the ways in which English and Spanish direct speech is portrayed through the verbs in Speech Framing Expressions (SFEs) introducing dialogues. The descriptive purpose is to identify what verb meanings are used to cue direct speech in SFEs, what lexical resources there are to express these meanings, how the meanings are lexicalized and how rich the vocabularies are. Five main semantic categories of verbs are identified: SPEECH ACTIVITY, PERCEPTION, COGNITION and EMOTION. It shows that the Spanish data feature a much more varied repertoire than the English data, and it makes more use of verbs related to the domains of thinking and reasoning, while the physical domain is the preferred focus of English. Theoretically, the... (More)
This study explores the ways in which English and Spanish direct speech is portrayed through the verbs in Speech Framing Expressions (SFEs) introducing dialogues. The descriptive purpose is to identify what verb meanings are used to cue direct speech in SFEs, what lexical resources there are to express these meanings, how the meanings are lexicalized and how rich the vocabularies are. Five main semantic categories of verbs are identified: SPEECH ACTIVITY, PERCEPTION, COGNITION and EMOTION. It shows that the Spanish data feature a much more varied repertoire than the English data, and it makes more use of verbs related to the domains of thinking and reasoning, while the physical domain is the preferred focus of English. Theoretically, the study is a contribution to the debate about general typological differences in the semantics of verbs in Germanic and Romance languages. We can conclude that even though both languages have the same types of lexical resources available, their various ways of describing direct speech differ substantially. Semantically speaking, Spanish verbs are richer and more elaborate and, contrary to the received view from motion research, Spanish manner meanings play an important role in the lexicalization of many of its verbs. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to conference
publication status
published
subject
conference name
AELCO, Congreso Internacional, 2016
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
69dfc522-eee9-4162-94e3-865396c2bf7a
date added to LUP
2016-10-20 21:44:47
date last changed
2017-08-30 16:07:11
@misc{69dfc522-eee9-4162-94e3-865396c2bf7a,
  abstract     = {This study explores the ways in which English and Spanish direct speech is portrayed through the verbs in Speech Framing Expressions (SFEs) introducing dialogues. The descriptive purpose is to identify what verb meanings are used to cue direct speech in SFEs, what lexical resources there are to express these meanings, how the meanings are lexicalized and how rich the vocabularies are. Five main semantic categories of verbs are identified: SPEECH ACTIVITY, PERCEPTION, COGNITION and EMOTION. It shows that the Spanish data feature a much more varied repertoire than the English data, and it makes more use of verbs related to the domains of thinking and reasoning, while the physical domain is the preferred focus of English. Theoretically, the study is a contribution to the debate about general typological differences in the semantics of verbs in Germanic and Romance languages. We can conclude that even though both languages have the same types of lexical resources available, their various ways of describing direct speech differ substantially. Semantically speaking, Spanish verbs are richer and more elaborate and, contrary to the received view from motion research, Spanish manner meanings play an important role in the lexicalization of many of its verbs.},
  author       = {Paradis, Carita and Caballero, Rosario},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {10},
  title        = {Cueing and construing dialogue in English and Spanish},
  year         = {2016},
}